Racing at Laurel resumes Friday; Drunken Love heavy favorite

September 04, 2014|Sports Digest

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Racing at Laurel resumes Friday; 'Love' heavy favorite

Live racing returns to the major Maryland tracks for the first-time since early June as the 65-day Laurel Park fall meeting begins Friday. Admission and programs are free on opening day. First post is at 1:10 p.m. The nine-race card features four $42,000 allowance races on the turf course. A fifth grass race of the day is headlined by Drunken Love, who looks to go 6-for-6 on the Laurel Park turf in the finale. The 9-year-old gelding has hit the board in all nine starts this year and 14 straight dating to June 2013. Maryland Jockey Club handicapper Keith Feustle has made the son of Whiskey Wisdom a prohibitive 4-5 favorite in the starter allowance test. "He is just an old-class horse who always shows up and always has a chance to win," trainer Jamie Ness said. "It has been a long time since he missed the board. He is an awesome horse to have in the barn. He is ready to run a good race." Headlining the fall stand will be the 29th running of the Jim McKay Maryland Million Day for the offspring of Maryland-based stallions on Oct. 18 and the Fall Festival of Racing on Nov. 15, with six stakes races topped by the $350,000 Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash. Saturday afternoon's card will feature four $100,000 stakes races: the Dave's Friend Stakes, the Japan Racing Association Stakes, the Thirty Eight Go Go Stakes and the All Brandy Stakes.

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DeMatha RB Harrison commits orally to UM

Maryland secured its first oral commitment for the class of 2016 Wednesday, DeMatha running back Lorenzo Harrison. Harrison had offers from Virginia, Hawaii and others. But his coach, Elijah Brooks, said Harrison always has wanted to stay close to home and sees himself fitting in well at Maryland. "He's a fantastic player," Brooks said. "He can do it all — run in between the tackles, get outside, can line up as a slot receiver, can return kicks, so he's just an all-around good football player." Harrison, 5 feet 7, 187 pounds, is listed as a three-star recruit by, but Rivals lists him as the 10th-best all-purpose running back in the class of 2016. Harrison suffered a dislocated elbow during DeMatha's season opener last week, an injury that Brooks expects to sideline Harrison for about a month. Shortly after Harrison committed Wednesday, class of 2015 three-star running back Deltron Sands announced on Twitter that he has decommitted from Maryland and reopened his recruitment. Sands reportedly received an offer from Louisville recently and appears likely to sign with the Cardinals.

For more of Matt Zenitz's blog post on Harrison, go to

Men's basketball: Maryland has been picked by the Sporting News to finish seventh in its first Big Ten season. Senior guard Dez Wells has been chosen for the all-conference team, and freshman guard Melo Trimble was picked for the all-newcomer team. Wisconsin, Michigan State, Ohio State, Nebraska, Michigan and Iowa were selected ahead of the Terps. Illinois, Minnesota, Indiana, Penn State, Purdue, Northwestern and Rutgers were picked behind Maryland.

Don Markus

Women's basketball: Michael Hollandsworth (Towson University), who has been the junior varsity coach at Fallston for the past four years, was named coach at Cecil College.

Men's soccer: Former McDonogh coach Steve Nichols earned his first career college win Tuesday night, as Loyola Maryland (1-1) outlasted a two-hour weather delay to earn a 1-0 victory over Howard (0-3) in its home opener Tuesday night at Ridley Athletic Complex. Senior Connor Thompson scored in the 22nd minute, and sophomore transfer Matt Sanchez (McDonogh) recorded his first shutout as a Greyhound. ... The Capital Athletic Conference named Salisbury senior attacker Matt Greene Offensive Player of the Week. ... The Centennial Conference named Washington College sophomore forward Chris Lewandowski Offensive Player of the Week.

Women's soccer: Senior midfielder Lilly Rydon scored in the 14th minute and UMBC got an own goal in the 23rd minute as the Retrievers (4-0) held on for a 2-1 win at Bucknell (1-3). Junior goalkeeper Jen Nance (Severna Park) made eight saves in the victory. The Retrievers will try to go 5-0 for the first time since 1996 when they host Saint Joseph's at 7 p.m. Friday. ... Johns Hopkins senior forward Sydney Teng was named Centennial Conference Offensive Player of the Week.

Women's lacrosse: Duke coach Kerstin Kimel (Maryland) signed a contract extension through the 2020 season. Kimel, a five-time Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year, has led the Blue Devils program from its inception in 1996, compiling a record of 241-118 in 19 seasons. She has guided Duke to 17 consecutive NCAA tournament appearances, the third-longest streak in the nation. ... Former Johns Hopkins standout Sammy Cermack has been named an assistant coach at Lehigh. Cermack replaces Kim Kolarik (South River), now an assistant at Virginia Tech.

NBA: The Washington Wizards are on the verge of completing a deal to hire Howard Eisley as an assistant coach under Randy Wittman, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. TNT first reported the negotiations. Eisley's arrival would complete an unofficial trade of assistants between the Wizards and the Clippers this offseason. Last month, assistant coach Sam Cassell (Dunbar) left Washington after five seasons for Doc Rivers' staff and a pay raise in Los Angeles, where Eisley had been a player development coach since 2010. Like Cassell, Eisley was a longtime point guard in the NBA and will work with Wizards backcourt players.

Jorge Castillo, The Washington Post

Varsity field hockey: Top-ranked Archbishop Spalding won, 6-0, over host and defending Washington Catholic Athletic Conference champion Holy Cross. Blaine Donnelly scored twice and Megan Nemecek had two saves for the Cavaliers (1-0). The Tartans fell to 2-1-1.

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